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Lykes Bros.

Workers exposed to asbestos

The company was set up in 1900 to offer shipping between the U.S. and Caribbean ports. It underwent a series of acquisitions – by Interocean Steamship Corp, CP Ships, and TUI AG. In a famous 1984 case, Lykes was accused of exposing workers to raw asbestos during the course of its transportation in improper conditions.

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Lykes Bros. employees exposed to asbestos

During the last century, Lykes Bros. made use of asbestos in large amounts, as the mineral has numerous convenient properties, such as excellent resistance to fire, electricity, and a wide range of chemicals. Furthermore, it was also very cheap at the time. Although the company was not manufacturing hazardous products itself, Lykes Bros. contributed to toxic exposure to a considerable extent by shipping raw asbestos to various Caribbean ports. Everyone who handled the cargo is now at risk for developing harrowing diseases like COPD or mesothelioma and numerous people have already received such a diagnosis over recent years. The occupations at the highest risk of developing a serious disease as a result of the asbestos exposure which occurred at Lykes Bros. are longshoremen. For instance, in 1984, a 63-year old longshoreman from Texas by the name of Guiseppe Castorina took legal action against Lykes Bros. for having developed asbestosis as a consequence of working on the Galveston docks from 1955 to the moment of filing the lawsuit. While the company has been faced with numerous asbestos lawsuits since then, it was not needed to seek bankruptcy protection and thereby does not have a trust fund people can directly recover compensation from.

Thousands of Lykes Bros. employees began suffering from terrible diseases after 1980

If you are diagnosed with a cancerous disease, you or a family member will deal with our staff over the phone and via emails ONLY, no need to travel at all. If you pass away before or during the process, surviving family members will receive the amount awarded by the claims.

Lung Cancer Mesothelioma Throat Cancer Esophageal Cancer Bronchial Cancer Gastrointestinal Cancer Colorectal Cancer

If you receive the diagnosis of a noncancerous disease, we will need to do more testing (X-rays, breathing, and blood tests) done at our medical facility in Birmingham, Alabama, where you will be accurately diagnosed.

Asbestosis Pulmonary Fibrosis Pleural Plaques Pleural Effusion Diffuse Pleural Thickening COPD Emphysema Chronic Bronchitis Pleurisy Lung Nodules Lung Spots Asthma Tuberculosis Pneumonitis Histoplasmosis Rounded Atelectasis Lung Scarring Bladder Cancer

The spouses and children of Lykes Bros. workers, also at risk for asbestos exposure


During the heyday of asbestos, the safety and wellbeing of workers were not a priority for company executives, who were mostly following their financial interests. While they were fully aware asbestos was highly carcinogenic to human health, they continued using the mineral, as it was extremely convenient – it had plenty of exploitable properties, as well as a low cost. Striving to cut down on the costs as much as possible, they would not even provide employees with protective equipment to wear on the job and showers were not available either in most facilities. Accordingly, it should not come as a surprise that asbestos fibers often escaped industrial settings and made their way into the household of workers. Subsequently, their family members would inhale or ingest toxic fibers, which could prompt lung cancer or another terrible disease several decades later.

If you suspect your current diagnosis is the result of living in the same house as a Lykes Bros. worker, we strongly encourage you to seek legal assistance at your earliest convenience. However, keep in mind that only a legal professional who specializes in this area of practice, namely asbestos litigation, will be able to help you recover the compensation you are entitled to, as they have the knowledge and resources to pursue your case. Our attorneys have nearly 30 years of experience in asbestos litigation and have aided over 230,000 asbestos victims hitherto. Therefore, we are confident we will be able to handle your secondary asbestos exposure case, no matter how difficult the endeavor might turn out to be. Contact us now and claim the money you deserve!

Legal assistance in wrongful death asbestos exposure cases for family members

The surviving family members of a worker who developed a disease as a result of occupational asbestos exposure but has not taken legal action during their lifetime are also eligible for compensation. With over 25 years of experience in pursuing compensation for the victims of asbestos exposure and their family members, our attorneys will help you recover the money you deserve on behalf of your loved one. While it is very complex, the legal process requires minimal involvement on your part, as the majority of the aspects, such as the claim and the documents which must accompany it, will be efficiently handled by our legal team. If you have a family member who lost their lives to a disease that was caused by workplace asbestos exposure, do not hesitate to contact our law firm for quality legal assistance. It is important to know that, because we work on a contingency fee basis, you will not have to pay anything unless we recover compensation for you.